Trent Bridge, July 31: In a ding-dong battle on Day 2 of the Trent Bridge Test, India once again squandered the advantage going from 24/1 to 139/4 to 267/5 to 288 all out. English seamer Stuart Broad who came up with career-best figures of 6/46, including taking a hat-trick, and Indian opener Rahul Dravid, who scored his 34th century, were the heroes of the day. For India, VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh pitched in with half-centuries, but for the rest of the visitors' batting order, there was nothing much to write home about.
In a dramatic final session of play, India who had been trailing England by just 6 runs, took the lead in the 76th over of their innings with Dravid knocking three runs off off-break Graeme Swann.
Two overs later, his partner Yuvraj smacked the same bowler for a four to notch up his 50, before Dravid joined in the fun to strike another boundary in the over. But Dravid was not done attacking Swann. In the 80th over, he clobbered him for three fours as India's score surged past 250/4.
But then England were handed the new ball with James Anderson and Stuart Broad using it to check the Indian run-flow. In the 86th over, Broad extracted bounce and seam from the pitch to have Yuvraj caught behind for 62 off 115 balls, leaving India at 266/4. Indian captain M S Dhoni tried to keep up the momentum by settling in with a four off Anderson.
But then disaster struck for India, with Broad having Dhoni caught at slip for 5, before having Harbhajan wrongly adjudged lbw (as the ball had struck his pads via a big inside edge) in the next ball and in the third successive delivery, bowling Praveen Kumar for no-score as well. Broad had got a hat-trick and India were down in the dumps at 273/8.
With Ishant Sharma for company, Dravid tried to farm the strike, but perished upper-cutting Bresnan to third-man with the score now reading 273/9. Then, last batsman Sreesanth took double and a four off Bresnan to round off the over at 279/9. In the next over, Ishant was dropped by Alastair Cook at third slip of Broad. But two overs later, the same bowler had Ishant caught by Ian Bell at forward short leg for 3 and India, after undoing a dramatic collapse, were all out for 288.
England, who were trailing by 67 runs, began their second innings on a shaky note with Alastair Cook continuing his poor run. The English opener got a leading edge straight to gully off Ishant Sharma and England were 6/1 in 3.4 overs. But surviving opener Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell played out the last 8 overs of the day without incident and England were 24/1 in 11 overs at stumps, trailing India by 43 runs.